As you know, we’re always on the hunt for bourbon barrel-aged beers. This Don Cornelius brew from local brewers High & Mighty Beer Company was one of those random finds that we didn’t even know existed beforehand. There’s not a lot of information to be found on it (and nothing we could find on the High & Mighty site), but it does appear to be a limited release. This batch was stamped with a bottle date of February 2012. Its label reads, “Don Cornelius: brown ale brewed with coffee, and aged in bourbon barrels.” Sounds delicious, right?
This is a very tasty brew. It pours a dark chocolate with a super thick and fluffy foam. It has a strong but smooth scent of chocolate and coffee. Drinking Don Cornelius is almost like drinking a coffee bourbon float. It’s a lot more carbonated than expected, and tastes of coffee, chocolate, and malt. The foam dissipates, but leaves a texture and flavor similar to drinking cream soda. We appreciated the clean finish on this beer, though we thought the mouth feel was a bit too thin.
At only 6.5% ABV, this was on the lower end of booziness compared to most other barrel-aged beers we’ve tried. It is a steal at about $7.50 for a 22-ounce bottle.